Is it time for SD-WAN?

Published On 12 Jan 2021

Source: https://www.frontiercomputercorp.com/is-it-time-for-sd-wan/

The move from a traditional MPLS network to SD-WAN can be a savvy business decision. Even for smaller organizations, SD-WAN solutions provide a more reliable connection, increase flexibility, and save money.

In particular, Peplink’s SD-WAN solutions stand out. Backed by powerful SpeedFusion technology, and requiring relatively little hardware, Peplink devices combine all available connections into what your network sees as a single, clear pathway. With the ability to incorporate cellular and other wireless connection types, even locations with limited or no wired broadband choices can take advantage of Peplink SD-WAN.

Is Peplink SD-WAN right for your business? Consider these questions.

ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT SECURITY?

Peplink’s powerful VPN technology divides your transmissions into smaller pieces, so no single piece contains enough information to be useful to attackers. It then codes each of those pieces with military-grade 256-bit encryption. The data that leaves your location is made up entirely of those secure, encrypted pieces.

The only device capable of decoding and reassembling those pieces is the Peplink device or virtual device at the other end.

DO YOU NEED MORE RELIABLE CONNECTIONS?

Peplink’s SD-WAN technology incorporates two or more connections through cable, DSL, fiber, cellular, satellite—even MPLS—and transmits your encoded data simultaneously through all available channels.

With SpeedFusion, if a device detects a break in the connection at any point, traffic is instantaneously rerouted to another, healthier connection. From the perspective of a user on the network, the connection never goes down.

DO YOU NEED TO PRIORITIZE CERTAIN TRAFFIC?

If you have multiple users on your network, it’s unlikely that their different tasks and roles all have the same level of urgency and importance. Peplink employs eight different load balancing algorithms that work in conjunction with speedfusion to ensure that your most important traffic is allocated the most bandwidth.

By balancing bandwidth usage, your Peplink device keeps everything connected. Casual-use traffic keeps moving, and the most critical applications always get the prioritization they need.

DO YOU USE INTERNET (VOIP) TELEPHONES?

For VoIP telephones to deliver full, copper-wired quality, they need more than just a “good enough” connection. Because human ears are sensitive to even microsecond delays or losses in voice sound, VoIP requires the smoothest throughput possible.

If your VoIP calls aren’t clear, you don’t need a different telephone—you need a better connection. With WAN smoothing or forward error correction, parts of SpeedFusion, Peplink routers can account for packet loss and latency which lead to poor audio and video quality. Managing your connection with Peplink will make your calls clearer, even if you use the same cable or networks you’ve always used.

IS YOUR BUSINESS GROWING?

Peplink allows you to add additional bandwidth from any source at any time. If your SD-WAN is built on a primary cable connection with cellular for failover backup, Peplink can seamlessly add an additional cable, DSL, or other connection for greater overall bandwidth without any protocol change. The only thing users will notice is improved speed.

DO YOUR LOCATIONS HAVE VASTLY DIFFERENT CONNECTION OPTIONS?

A Peplink network doesn’t require any specific type of connection. It can integrate diverse providers and protocols in multiple locations.

For example, a Chicago office might have a local fiber connection with a secondary connection to cable. Another office might only have DSL available, with a secondary connection to cellular. One of the company’s ships in the North Atlantic might use whatever Wi-Fi connection is available along with cellular in port, then switch to satellite on the open sea. Peplink routers are capable of utilizing all types of connections and automatically switching traffic from one connection to the next when necessary without any user intervention.

There are Peplink solutions for organizations of any size, using any connection method. Even if you’ve moved your IT to the cloud, Peplink can give you the speed, reliability, and security of your own SD-WAN.

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